Oba Martins has picked up an ankle injury while training with the Nigeria squad and is now a major doubt for Saturdayâ€™s game at Aston Villa.
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Kevin Keegan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œIâ€™ve spoken to Oba and we are a little concerned about him because he has an ankle injury which is causing him some discomfort.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t know how bad it is, he has gone over on it in training and we will have to wait until we have had him assessed by our medical staff to find out.â€
â€œHe is due back with us on Thursday but, at the moment, I have to say he is a doubt for the trip to Aston Villa which is obviously disappointing for him and us because we havenâ€™t had a chance to look at him yet because he has been away playing for Nigeria.â€
Thatâ€™s a real pity that Oba will not be available for Saturday. It would be nice to see him back, because we just have to start picking up some points, before we find ourselves too far down the table for comfort.
It also looks like Kevin would be at least willing to give a Martins/Owen strike force a try out, to see if it could work. Of course the way Kevin Keegan teams play football makes that a lot easier proposition, since we play a lot more football on the carpet than we did under Big Sam.
But we still need at least one more top striker in the summer, and then we should be OK on the goals trail. But weâ€™d like to see how Oba does under Kevin â€“ we think heâ€™ll become a better player from being coached by someone with the striker experience of Keegan.
What do you think?